Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-5, 9-10 (NIV)
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Brad suggests that willpower (force isn't enough to address the underlying bad habits, character flaws and addictions which shape our lives. How do you feel about this? Do you agree or disagree and why?
The power to effect change in our lives can only come from allowing God to shape us over time (turn into living stones like the Living Stone who is Christ). How do you allow God to shape you? What are the things you do such as reading scripture, prayer, etc.? Please share.
Brad states that, "If you want to change the world then it starts by getting on the journey to change yourself." Do you agree? Is it possible to change the world for the better without personal growth?
At the end of the message Brad invites us to consider renewing our commitment to the discipleship journey or making such a commitment for the first time? Are you ready to take such a step - what do you need to begin the journey?